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William P. Reckeweg

Captain, U.S. Army 

O-1290129

Company C
357th Infantry Regiment
90th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: February 1, 1945
Buried at: Plot H237
                  Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster


CAPTAIN WILLIAM P. RECKEWEG of Haddon Heights NJ was born in Audubon NJ on September 3, 1916.  He attended Audubon High School, graduating in 1933; and then entered Dickinson College in Carlisle PA with the class of 1937.  While at Dickinson he was an active student. He was a football, soccer, and baseball player, and a member of the Glee Club and Sigma Chi fraternity.

After graduation, William Reckeweg became employed as an insurance agent for the Insurance Company of North America, living in Haddon Heights NJ at 500 10th Avenue.  On February 8, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army and was sent to Fort Indiantown Gap PA for training.  He completed officer candidate school at Fort Benning GA in August 1942; and after more schooling at Camp Breckenridge PA and Camp Van Dorn MS, was  promoted to the rank of Captain.  He applied for active duty and became the commander of Company C, 357th Infantry, 90th Division, just prior to the D-Day landings.  He was wounded on July 5, 1944 in Normandy by a piece of shrapnel and spent six weeks in a hospital in England, returning to his command on September 1.  

Captain William Reckeweg  was killed in action on February 1, 1945, in northern Luxembourg, when shell fragments struck his company command post as his unit was digging in on newly-won high ground. He was survived by his father, William Reckeweg, then field representative for the Selective Service in the Camden County area, mother Helen, sister Dorothy, and brother Donald.

After the war had ended, William Reckeweg was brought home to New Jersey. He rests at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ, where he was buried on April 20, 1949.


Camden Courier-Post * April 19, 1949 

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